Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign.
He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.
Source: Campaign page
Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign. He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.
Matt was blessed to grow up in rural Virginia. However, as a youth he may have taken some of those blessings for granted and was subsequently “fired” by his father around twenty years old. Following that incident, Matt employed the values of hard work that he’d learned since he was a child. He began purchasing cattle and growing his business operation. Through the years, Matt has operated a country store, managed large amounts of real estate, raised cattle, managed farms, and operated numerous businesses. In addition to other projects, he is currently co-owner and Vice President of the Lynchburg Livestock Market, the largest livestock market center in Virginia. Matt has mastered numerous business ventures, and always has multiple projects going on at one time. As delegate, he will apply that business savvy towards serving his constituents in Richmond.
As your representative in Richmond, his work will be focused solely on serving his constituents. His service comes because he understands that times like these require sacrifices and commitments of those capable of leading. Matt knows that Richmond is in need of a common sense conservative approach, and, as a businessman, he is capable of bringing that much needed attitude to the House of Delegates. Central Virginia needs a man with roots in the district who understands how to create jobs and make common sense decision. As delegate, Matt will never become an ivory tower leader; instead, he will remain committed to being a citizen-legislator fighting for the economy, values, and future of rural Virginia.
- Business owner, farmer, realtor, and developer
Rustburg High School
- Birth Year: 1968
- Place of Birth: Lynchburg, VA
- Gender: Male
- Race(s): Caucasian
- Religion: Baptist
- Spouse: Crystal Dawn Brown
- Children: Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison
Membership & Affiliation
Thomas Road Baptist Church
Mackey Masonic Lodge 69
Legislative Assistant: Cindy Blanks-Shearin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire
- Government – DelMFariss@house.virginia.gov
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1059
243-C Livestock Road
Rustburg, VA 24588
Phone: (434) 821-5929
The 59th district incumbent, independent Watkins Abbitt, Jr., retired in 2011 after 26 years of service. Fariss, the Republican nominee, won a three-way race against Democrat Connie Brennan and independent Linda M. Wall, receiving 52.98% of the vote. Fariss is a social conservative, and supports anti-abortion legislation, as well as anti-LBGT legislation: “As delegate, he will oppose any effort on the state or local level to allow for marriage, partnership benefits, or recognition. Matt will work diligently to ensure that what has happened in New York and elsewhere will never happen in Virginia.”
In January, 2016, Fariss was charged with two incidents. These included a misdemeanor breach of peace and a hit and run accident in which property was damaged but no people were hurt.
2017 State DelegateArray
|Matthew Fariss (R)||15,758||61.2%|
|Tracy Lloyd Carver (D)||8,773||34.1%|
|Marcus Timothy Sutphin (G)||863||3.4%|
|Write In (Write-in)||297||0.2%|
2019 State DelegateArray
|C. Matt Fariss (R)||16,447||63.22%|
|Tim J. Hickey (D)||9,543||36.68%|
2015 State DelegateArray
|Matthew Fariss (R)||9,312||95.9%|
|Write In (Write-in)||394||4.1%|
FARISS, C MATTHEW has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $600,815.
Source: Follow the Money
Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
Finance – Subcommittee #2
- House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
- House Finance
- House Militia Police and Public Safety
- King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
See: Vote Smart
Source: Virginia Legislative Information System
Taxes and Spending
Matt is firmly opposed to any attempt to undermine traditional marriage through recognition of same sex couples. As delegate, he will oppose any effort on the state or local level to allow for marriage, partnership benefits, or recognition. Matt will work diligently to ensure that what has happened in New York and elsewhere will never happen in Virginia. He will be a constant and staunch ally of traditional marriage and the belief that such unions and recognition should only ever be between one man and one woman.
The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution, and Matt, a long time NRA member, will fight to defend that right. Hunting and gun ownership is an important cultural tradition in central Virginia, and Matt will fight to make sure that no government action will infringe upon that right.
A crucial element of right to the pursuit of happiness so eloquently espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, is the right to property. Matt understands this fact and there will be no more ardent defender of property rights in the House of Delegates. He understands the challenges and frustrations that come when government attempts to regulate how property owners utilize their property, and he will work to remove power from regulating bureaucracies and return it back to the people and their elected representatives. Matt will fight against legislation that restricts the rights of property owners.
As a small businessman, Matt has long been a job producer in the local economy for years. As delegate, he will apply the same common sense principles that he has learned in the private sector. He has firsthand knowledge of how stifling government regulations inhibit job creation. While in Richmond, Matt will work tirelessly to remove government obstacles to economic growth and will strive to ensure that job producers are rewarded and welcomed in our commonwealth.
Virginia’s greatest natural resource is our children. As delegate, Matt will work to ensure that our education funds go directly to the classroom to teach the youth of our commonwealth. He believes that the best decision makers in the education system are parents and elected local leaders, and he will fight to remove excessive government intrusion where dollars are kept and decisions are made by distant bureaucrats. Matt understands that the communitys ability to educate its children adequately is essential to a communitys prosperity and future. As delegate, Matt will be a strong voice for our children, their education, and the future of Virginia and its communities